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Crafting Your Own Bath Bombs

I love winding down at night with a warm bath and my favorite podcast playing in the background. It's like hitting the reset button after a long day.



After experimenting with various recipes, I've found a fantastic one by Holly Port that not only holds together beautifully in our dry Idaho climate but also incorporates nourishing ingredients like mango and cocoa butter. Precision is key here, so follow the instructions closely to ensure your bath bombs turn out just right.


Ingredients


Mix Together

3 cups baking soda

1 ½ cups citric acid

1 ½ cups cornstarch

3 tablespoons borax

½+ teaspoon colored mica powder

 

Melt Together

1 ounce mango butter

1 ounce cocoa butter

1.6 ounce grape seed oil

 

Combine

½ ounce distilled water

½ ounce isopropyl alcohol (75% or greater)

2 tablespoons scent of your choice (Bramble Berry has great options)


Instructions


1. Prepare Dry Ingredients:

   - Mix all dry powders together in a stand mixer.

   - Place a towel over the machine to prevent powders from escaping while stirring.

   - Set aside.

 

2. Prepare Wet Ingredients:

   - Mix butters and oil together in a microwave-safe bowl.

   - Melt slowly in the microwave, heating in 30-second intervals until completely melted.

   - Allow the mixture to cool to the touch but still slightly warm and liquid.

 

3. Prepare Liquid Mixture:

   - In a separate small bowl, combine water, alcohol, scent, and color.

  

4. Combine Butters, Oils and Water Ingredients:

   - Once the butters and oil have cooled to the touch but are not completely cold, combine them with the water mixture.


5. Mix Thoroughly:

   - Increase the mixer speed slightly until the ingredients are well mixed.

   - Stop the mixer occasionally to scrape down the sides of the bowl to ensure all ingredients are fully incorporated.

   - Test the mixture, it should feel like wet sand and hold its shape.

 

6. Fill Molds:

   - Fill bath bomb molds with the mixture, pressing it firmly into the molds to compact it.

 

7. Let Dry:

 - Gently remove the bath bombs from the molds.

 - Place them on a parchment-lined cookie sheet to dry.

 - Allow the bath bombs to dry for 24 hours before using or packaging.

 

Enjoy your DIY spa day!


PS - You can watch Holly Port make these bath bombs on YouTube, just click here.



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